Pastor Steve Williams : Finding Mercy to Handle Murphy

Watch Those F Words · 42:54 · Recorded April 9, 2017

Finding Mercy to Handle Murphy

2 Corinthians 6:2 (MSG) God reminds us, “I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help.” Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)  So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

When frustrations arise:

It’s usually our own expectations to blame.

There’s often an agenda at risk.

We’re always entering a danger zone!

Proverbs 14:16-17 (HCSB) A fool is easily angered and is careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly.

Proverbs 29:11 (TEV) Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.

Things Others Relations Chances

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 (AMP) The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

God’s grace & mercy can flow:

1. If there’s sincere HUMILITY.

Just let others win sometimes!

Remember whose agenda matters most.

Luke 9:23-24 (NLT) Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”

2. Where there’s wise SENSITIVITY.

James 1:19-20 (NIV) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Be careful to hear more than to be heard.

Seek to understand more than to be understood.

Desire the best way more than your own way.

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT) Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Reverence God’s hand & timing at play.

1 Peter 5:5-6 (NIV) All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

3. When there’s ready PLIABILITY.

Galatians 2:20 (MSG) “Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central…Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not ‘mine,’ but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 5:22-25 (NLT) The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, and self-control…Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to the cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Go with him on anything, at anytime, and anywhere!

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve done or seen someone do out of frustration?

  • What is your “Achilles heel” when it comes to frustrations – where do you struggle most with it and why?

  • What’s the most helpful insight about frustration you gained from this message? How will this help you in the future – what will you DO about it?

  • Sometimes we need to persevere through difficulties, but other times difficulties signal a needed change of course – How do you tell the difference? How can you discover when God may actually be frustrating your plans for something better?

  • Which of the practical points about dealing with frustration have you found to be worthwhile in practicing? Which is the greatest struggle for you? How could your group pray for or encourage you about this?

  • What scripture or thought from this message will be your biggest takeaway?

  • Parents, today your elementary-aged children were taught about Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane from Matthew 26:36-68. Jesus knew what the gift of salvation would cost Him, but He willingly endured so that we could have a relationship with Him. Our bottom line is Jesus loves us more than anything. We are memorizing John 15:13. As a family, look up this verse and work together to memorize it. For more on what your child learned, check out the To Do At Home section of their student handout. Parents of preschool-aged children, be sure to check the Parent Cue for some great ways to connect with your children.

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